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    We'll send you a personalized thank you card signed by the director, and thank you for funding the film on our website and Facebook page.

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    You'll receive a DVD copy of the first film in the series "Zen in America" upon release.

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    You'll receive a copy of James Ishmael Ford's book "Zen Master Who?: A Guide to the People and Stories of Zen" (unsigned) courtesy Wisdom Publications AND a DVD of the first film in the series "Zen in America" upon release (est. January 2017) AND a special thanks in the credits of the film. James Ford is featured in the documentary.

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    You'll receive a signed copy of Richard Collins' book "Mushotoku Mind: The Heart of the Heart Sutra" from Hohm Press offered exclusively for "Zen in America" AND you'll receive a DVD copy of the first film in the series "Zen in America" upon release (est. January 2017) AND a special thanks in the credits of the film. Richard Collins will appear in the film.

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    You'll receive one signed copy of Hozan Alan Senauke's album "Everything is Broken: Songs About Things As They Are" (The song "Our Hero" is in the film). You'll also receive on DVD the first film in the series "Zen in America" upon its release. The CD will ship shortly after the Kickstarter campaign ends, and the DVD will go out sometime in 2017 upon completion.

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    You'll receive a signed copy of Ji Hyang Padma's new book "Living the Season: Zen Practice for Transformative Times" from Quest Books offered exclusively for "Zen in America" AND you'll receive a DVD copy of the first film in the series "Zen in America" upon release (est. January 2017) AND a special thanks in the credits of the film. Ji Hyang Padma will appear in the film.

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    You'll receive a copy of Seth Zuihō Segall’s (who will be in the film) book “Encountering Buddhism: Western Psychology and Buddhist Teachings” from the State University of New York Press AND a DVD copy of the first film in the series "Zen in America" upon its release AND a special thanks in the credits of the film. Book ships shortly after the campaign.

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    You'll receive a signed copy of Rafe Martin's book "Endless Path: Awakening Within the Buddhist Imagination: Jataka Tales, Zen Practice, and Daily Life" from North Atlantic Books offered exclusively for "Zen in America" AND you'll receive a DVD copy of the first film in the series "Zen in America" upon release (est. January 2017) AND a special thanks in the credits of the film. Rafe Martin will appear in the film.

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    You'll receive a signed copy of David Chadwick's book "Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki" from Shambhala Publications. David will be interviewed in the film. Also, you'll receive the first film in the series "Zen in America" on DVD upon its release AND a special thanks in the credits for the film. Book ships out shortly after the Kickstarter ends.

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    You'll receive a signed copy of Kobutsu Malone's book "Prison Chaplaincy Guidelines for Zen Buddhism: A Sourcebook for Prison Chaplains, Administrators, and Security Personnel" from The Engaged Zen Foundation. Also, you'll receive the first film in the series "Zen in America" on DVD upon its release AND a special thanks in the credits for the film. Book ships out shortly after the Kickstarter ends.

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    You'll receive a signed copy of Toni Bernhard's book "How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow" AND the first film in the series "Zen in America" upon release AND a special thanks in the credits for the film. Book ships after the Kickstarter campaign.

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    You'll receive a signed copy of Paul Cooper's book "The Zen Impulse and the Psychoanalytic Encounter" from Routledge AND a DVD of the first film in the series "Zen in America" upon release AND a special thanks in the credits for the film. Books will be delivered shortly after the Kickstarter campaign ends.

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    You'll receive a 2" inch Hotei ("Happy Buddha") resin statue, in collaboration with "Zen in America" from Buddha For You (shipped after the Kickstarter campaign) AND a DVD copy of the first film in the series "Zen in America" upon release AND a special thanks in the credits of the film.

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    6 backers

    You'll receive on DVD the first film in the series "Zen in America" upon its release AND a black "Zen in America" t-shirt in a size you specify AND an Inquire Within bumper sticker AND a special thanks in the credits of the film. For non-U.S. backers, see shipping details below. *Bumper sticker will be shipped shortly after the campaign ends. No bumper sticker for non-U.S. backers.

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    You'll receive a signed copy of "The Book of Equanimity: Illuminating Classic Zen Koans" and "The Great Heart Way: How To Heal Your Life and Find Self-Fulfillment" by Gerry Shishin Wick (who will be in the film) AND on DVD the first film in the series upon release AND a special thanks in the film credits. Books ship out after the Kickstarter campaign.

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    You'll receive on DVD the entire series "Zen in America" upon its release AND a special thanks in the credits of the film. For non-U.S. backers, see shipping details below.

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    You'll receive the painting "Monsho's Grapes" by Peter Rinjo DeWood of the Great Heartland Buddhist Temple of Toledo AND a DVD of the first film in the series upon release AND a special thanks in the credits for the film. Painting ships out after the Kickstarter campaign. See Limited Rewards section for info about the painting and artist.

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    You'll receive the painting "Not the Slightest Meddling" by Peter Rinjo DeWood of the Great Heartland Buddhist Temple of Toledo AND a DVD of the first film in the series upon release AND a special thanks in the credits for the film. Painting ships out after the Kickstarter campaign. See Limited Rewards section for info about the painting and artist.

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    You'll receive a custom calligraphy brushwork by Kokyo Henkel of the Santa Cruz Zen Center, who will appear in the final film AND the a DVD of the first film in the series "Zen in America" upon its release AND a thank you in the credits of the film. The burshwork by Kokyo will be sent out shortly after the Kickstarter campaign ends.

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    You'll receive a a handcrafted seiza bench for your meditation from a skilled craftsman who made these for "Zen in America" AND a DVD of the first film in the series "Zen in America" AND a special thanks in the film credits.

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    You'll receive 3 half-hour Skype interviews with Soto Zen teacher Nomon Tim Burnett of the Red Cedar Zen Community to discuss your practice AND the first film in the series "Zen in America" AND a special thanks in the film credits. Nomon will appear in the final film.

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    You'll receive a brushwork painting by Soto priest Dairyu Michael Wenger, known for his artwork AND the entire series "Zen in America" on DVD upon its release AND a special thanks in the credits of the film. Painting ships out shortly after the Kickstarter campaign ends.

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    You'll receive a cute 8" inch Jizo bodhisattva statue, courtesy of Buddha For You in association with the project (shipped after the Kickstarter campaign) AND you'll also receive on DVD the entire series of "Zen in America" upon release AND a special thanks in the credits of the film. *Statue not available for overseas funders. See Limited Rewards section for photo of statue.

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    You'll receive a limited edition art print ("Little Miss Sunshine") by artist Brad Stroman (a $250 value alone) AND a DVD of the first film in the series "Zen in America" upon its release (est. January 2017) AND a special thanks in the film credits.

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    You'll receive one hour in a sensory deprivation flotation chamber and a 45-minute massage at San Francisco's ZaZen, specifically offered to you in collaboration with "Zen in America". In addition, you'll receive all films on DVD in the series "Zen in America" upon release AND a special thanks in the credits of the film. Learn more about this offer under the Limited Rewards section of this page.

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    If you're going to be in Seattle, Zen teacher Genjo Joe Marinello of Chobo-ji would like to give you and your guest an hour plane ride around the city as a thank you for your gift (date to be determined by you and he). Genjo will be in the film. Also, you'll receive on DVD all films in the series "Zen in America" upon its release AND a special thanks in the credits of the film.

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    Attend a Moosis Zen Journey in 2014 in beautiful Maine with Zen teacher Peter Wohl, who will be included in the final film; you'll have your pick from several dates and locations. This is a $250 value. Travel expenses to Maine are not included. For more information on these retreats, see the Limited Rewards section on this page. You will also receive on DVD all films in the series "Zen in America" upon release of the film AND a thank you in the credits of the film.

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    Attend this year's Rohatsu sesshin at Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland, Oregon, a location that will be featured in the final film series AND receive all DVDs in the series "Zen in America" upon its release (est. January 2017) AND receive a special thanks in the credits for the film. For more information on the Rohatsu sesshin, see the Limited Rewards section on this page.

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    You'll receive an 8" concrete Buddha statue from Buddha For You in collaboration with the film project as a thank you for backing the film AND on DVD all films in the series "Zen in America" upon its release AND a special thanks in the credits for the film. Statue ships out after the Kickstarter campaign. See Limited Rewards section for photo of statue.

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    You'll receive on DVD the entire series of "Zen in America" upon release AND a rosewood turquoise mala AND a black "Zen in America" t-shirt in your size AND a special thanks in the credits of the film. Shipping of the mala is shortly after the Kickstarter campaign. *Other items will arrive once the film has been released.

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    You'll receive a signed collection of 5 books by David Loy of the Sanbo Kyodan tradition (David will appear in the film) AND the entire series "Zen in America" on DVD upon its release and a special thank you in the credits of the film. Books ship shortly after the Kickstarter ends. Titles: “Money Sex War Karma”, “The World Is Made of Stories”, “A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency”, “The Great Awakening”, and “The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons"

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    You'll receive a hand-made Buddhist altar designed specifically for the "Zen in America" project by a skilled carpenter for your home, done in a traditional Japanese style. Shipping and Handling is built in to this reward offer. U.S. only. In addition, you will also receive all films on DVD in the series "Zen in America" upon release AND a special thanks in the credits of the film. Estimated shipping time for the altar: November 2014.

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    You'll receive on DVD all films in the series "Zen in America" AND a signed copy of Hozan Alan Senauke's album "Everything is Broken" AND a black t-shirt for the film in a size you specify AND a signed copy of Rafe Martin's book "Endless Path: Awakening Within the Buddhist Imagination: Jataka Tales, Zen Practice, and Daily Life" from North Atlantic Books AND a special thank you in our film credits.

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    You'll receive on DVD all films in the series "Zen in America" AND a black t-shirt for the film in a size you specify AND a handcrafted seiza bench for meditation made by an associate of the film AND a special thanks in the credits for the film.

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    You'll receive a 40" inch bronze standing antique Buddha statue with four arms from Buddha For You in collaboration with the project as a thank you for backing the film AND on DVD all films in the series "Zen in America" upon its release AND a special thanks in the credits for the film. Statue ships out after the Kickstarter campaign. See Limited Rewards section for photo of statue.

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    An original, 16 X 20 Buddhist-inspired painting by New Mexico artist Kathryn Stedham, signed by the artist and done exclusively for "Zen in America" AND a special thanks in the credits of the film. Allow 6 to 8 weeks for shipment beyond the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign. U.S. only. Learn more about the artist under the Limited Rewards section of this page to see her portfolio.

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    You'll receive an 18" inch bronze antique Thai Buddha statue from Buddha For You in collaboration with the film project as a thank you for supporting the film AND on DVD all films in the series "Zen in America" upon its release AND a special thanks in the credits for the film. Statue ships out after the Kickstarter campaign. See Limited Rewards section for photo of statue.

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    For this generous pledge, you or your organization will be listed as an Associate Producer in the credits of the final film series. The director, Kō Shin, will also meet with you for lunch on some afternoon while travelling the country filming (U.S. only for Kō Shin's visit). You will also receive all films on DVD in the series "Zen in America" upon release AND a signed copy of Hozan Alan Senauke's CD "Everything is Broken: Songs About Things As They Are" - which has the song "Our Hero" you've seen in trailers for the film (shipped to you shortly after the end of the Kickstarter campaign).

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    For this extraordinary pledge, you or your organization will be listed as an Executive Producer in the credits of the final film series. Kō Shin will also fly (or drive) to your location (U.S. only for Kō Shin's visit) after the film is released to do a private screening for your friends, family or sangha and will answer audience questions after (U.S. only). In addition, you will also receive all films on DVD in the series "Zen in America" (signed by the director) upon release AND a signed copy of Hozan Alan Senauke's CD "Everything is Broken: Songs About Things As They Are" - which has the song "Our Hero" you've seen in trailers for the film (shipped to you shortly after the end of the Kickstarter campaign).

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